Charles Barkley Makes Bold Claim that Might Upset LeBron James, Kevin Durant: “Giannis Antetokounmpo is the man in the NBA Now”

Published 01/15/2022, 8:00 AM EST
Dec 1, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) gets ready before the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Defending champions, Milwaukee Bucks haven’t been dominating the NBA this season as they were expected to. However, they have been carving out wins against the stronger sides and presenting their case for the champion conversation. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the major force behind their performance this season and continues to impress.

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Giannis has been in insane form for the Bucks this season. The Bucks are 27- 17 this season so far and are fourth in the eastern conference table. However, that didn’t stop them from making a statement against the Warriors earlier this week.

Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dribbles the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during a NBA game at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors are currently on .738 this season and are in a comfortable position to qualify for the playoffs. However, they recently lost 99-118 to the defending champions at the Fiserv Forum. Giannis scored a game-high 30 points against the Warriors and presented his case for the MVP conversation this season. Former NBA star Charles Barkley was all praises about Giannis in a recent show.

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Charles Barkley heaps massive praise on Giannis Antetokounmpo

Barkley, in a recent episode of ‘Inside the NBA’, praised Giannis for his performance vs the Warriors. He also said that the ‘Greek freak’ deserves to be the MVP conversation.

“When you are the man and Giannis is the man in the NBA now,” Barkley said.

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“When you get a guy coming in who’s in the MVP conversation, a team you might play in the finals. You want to send them a message. I always hear guys always say ‘well I’ll treat all the games just the same’. First of all, that’s a lie, and it’s bogus. When you’re a great player, when you see another great player, your mentality totally changes. You’re like ‘I’m not letting this dude put on’, especially at home… ..this was all Giannis tonight.”

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has averaged 28.5 points per game this season. Apart from scoring, he has also recorded 11.5 RPG, and 6.1 APG in the 35 games he has played this season. In fact, Giannis is just behind Kevin Durant and LeBron James in terms of most points per game this season. He is ahead of the likes of Stephen Curry and Joel Embiid.

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Giannis has definitely presented his case to be in the MVP conversation this season. The Bucks are now picking up pace and could qualify for the playoffs this season. Can Giannis guide the Bucks to a back-to-back championship this season? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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